Some people leave a mark so deep, so indelible, so ubiquitous in a corner of this world that one feels like they have always been there. We have the impression that they always will be. Until, suddenly, they aren’t.
John Madden was one of them.
To think of the NFL is to think of Madden, at least in a way. He rose to fame in a decade as coach of the renegade Oakland Raiders, reaching seven games for the AFC title and winning the Super Bowl after the 1976 season. He compiled a record 103-32-7 in the regular season and his 0.759 winning percentage is the best among NFL coaches with over 100 games.
But it was his job after retiring prematurely as a coach at 42 that made Madden a real name. He was the leading sports analyst on television for most of his three decades of calling games, winning an unprecedented 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst / Personality and covering 11 Super Bowls for four networks from 1979 to 2009.
Following the news of his death on Tuesday, many in the football world made sure to highlight his work on and off the pitch, inside and outside the booth, and how that made him. a trainer, a broadcaster and a beloved individual.
Rest in peace to a legend! Prayers to the Madden family. https://t.co/4zvhu5vEUd
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) December 29, 2021
Absolute legend among legends.
Rest in peace Mr. Madden.
– JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 29, 2021
Sad to hear of the passing of John Madden. Pray for his family.
– Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) December 29, 2021
John Madden was a treasure. He was a gift. And he was an amazing friend.
– Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 29, 2021
RIP to an amazing man and trainer, John Madden. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and Raider Nation
– Jérôme Bettis (@ JeromeBettis36) December 29, 2021
Coach John Madden was an NFL icon, who played, coached and named a video game after him. But he offered me his time, his wisdom and his coaching knowledge. I was really lucky to have him as a mentor! RIP trainer
– Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) December 29, 2021
Rest In Peace to legend John Madden The game wouldn’t be the same without him. His legacy will live on forever.
– Flash Garrett (@Flash_Garrett) December 29, 2021
RIP TO JOHN MADDEN!
– Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 29, 2021
“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewers.” – John Madden, RIP.
– Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) December 29, 2021
Rest in paradise At John Madden !!!! Your legacy will live on !!!!!
– LeBron James (@KingJames) December 29, 2021
RIP to Coach legend John Madden! I never heard of ALL-PRO teams during my childhood. It was the All Madden team !! One of a kind! Rest coach
– Draymond Green (@ Money23Green) December 29, 2021
–With files from The Associated Press.